Giants home underdogs hosting rival Cowboys on Sunday Night Football

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The Dallas Cowboys are running roughshod over the NFL, but covering against the New York Giants has been a stumbling block over the last couple of seasons.

The Cowboys are listed as the 3.5-point favorites against the Giants with 47.5-point total in the Sunday Night Football matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Giants are responsible for the Cowboys’ only loss of the season and Dallas is 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games against New York, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Cowboys are 7-0 straight-up and 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games, but the Giants are also a sizzling 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Dallas is 11-1 SU and 9-2-1 ATS, having won by less than the spread in each of their last two outings, against the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

With Giants sack leader Jason Pierre-Paul (sports hernia) done for the season, QB Dak Prescott might have more opportunity to break containment and make plays on the run. Tight end Jason Witten has long been a Giants-killer and, lo and behold, covering tight ends is a weak spot in an otherwise improved New York defense (17th in yards allowed).

Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott were playing their first game when Dallas lost 20-19 to the Giants in Week 1. No one is a rookie after Thanksgiving.

New York is 8-4 SU and 5-5-2 ATS, but have issues that could limit Eli Manning and cohorts’ ability to break down an 18th-ranked Dallas defense. Beyond WR Odell Beckham Jr., New York is lacking for diversity in the passing game that would challenge the Cowboys’ depth in the defensive secondary.

The Giants’ offensive line is struggling at both components of their job; LT Ereck Flowers might not be able to keep DE Demarcus Lawrence from hitting Manning, while the running game is the second-worst in the entire NFL.

The form suggests a scoring battle – seven of the last eight games in the long-running NFC East rivalry have gone over – and if that’s the case, the Giants might not be able to keep up. While Beckham had a 100-yard game in his last performance, it took 16 targets to get it and he only had one reception that covered more than 20 yards.

That said, it is notable that the total has gone under on the NFL betting lines in nine of the Cowboys’ last 11 road games.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip

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HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

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HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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